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  • Soitec, Reflexite Energy Ink Deal

Photonics Spectra
Feb 2012
To create competitive concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solutions, Soitec of Bernin, France, and Reflexite Energy Solutions Inc. of Avon, Conn., have entered a joint venture to establish Reflexite Soitec Optical Technology LLC. The newly formed company will produce the silicone-on-glass (SOG) Fresnel lens plates used in Soitec’s CPV modules, and it will co-develop next-generation technologies to increase the efficiencies and lower the costs of SOG lens plates. The joint venture will be located in part of the new CPV manufacturing facility that Soitec plans to open in San Diego. The companies are collaborating on designing their factory space.

1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
fresnel lens
A lens resembling a planoconvex or planoconcave lens that is cut into narrow rings and flattened. If the steps are narrow, the surface of each step is generally made conical and not spherical. Fresnel lenses can be large glass structures as in lighthouses, floodlights or traffic signals, or thin molded plastic plates with fine steps; often used for field lenses.  
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